By Gordon Rugg
Why do professional researchers take such a dim view of cherry picking and dodgy reasoning (and what is cherry picking anyway?)
Time for some cartoons…
There are more below.
Notes, links and sources
The mention of nightlock berries is indeed an allusion to Hunger Games, if you’re wondering.
The “has a beard” line is a tribute to this brilliant clip: A Mom Talks with the Director of Special Education.
The phrase “naïve postmodernism” is to make the implicit point that postmodernism can give useful insights, if used appropriately.
You’re welcome to use the Hyde & Rugg cartoons above for any non-commercial purpose, including lectures, provided that you retain the “copyleft Hyde & Rugg” attribution within the cartoon. I’ve deliberately not included titles within the cartoons, so that anyone re-using the cartoons can use their own titles for them.
There’s more about reasoning and research methods in The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research, by myself and Marian Petre.
The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research, 2nd edition (Marian Petre & Gordon Rugg)
There’s more about the theory behind this article in my latest book:
Blind Spot, by Gordon Rugg with Joseph D’Agnese